Grantland Johnson, who served as a member of the County Board of Supervisors from 1987 to 1993, passed away today, August 19, at age 65. In addition to his two terms as supervisor, he served as a Sacramento City councilmember. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Johnson as Regional Director for Health and Human Services. He was later tapped by Governor Gray Davis as California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Following his peaceful passing at home with family and friends, Supervisor Phil Serna posted this message on FaceBook. “Today our community lost a great friend, a champion for the voiceless, and a model public servant. The best way to honor Grantland's memory is to make a positive difference for the people who need help the most.”
Johnson was the first African American elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, and was beloved by his colleagues and staff. He was often referred to as a calm, scholarly gentleman, and able find common ground to advance solutions to issues.
“We are saddened at the loss of such a revered figure in local government,” said County Executive Bradley J. Hudson. “His contributions to the cultural and political fabric of Sacramento County will long be remembered.”